Advanced font development
The course deals with all aspects of developing an advanced typographic font for publication. It covers five topics that are usually excluded from more traditional typography courses: non-Latin scripts and non-standard characters in fonts, development and organisation of weights, development of programming and groups in OpenType format, unconventional production tools and typesetting for screens screen fonts design.
The course goes into depth and complements the contents of the Letter Design Course which is part of the Master's Degree in Advanced Typography, and the subject of digital font architecture in particular. The course is a response to the growing demand from highly trained students who cannot find content at these advanced levels in the courses currently available. This is an unique and outstanding course, which assumes that the introductory content on the font development has been acquired. The competences to be acquired are the professional completion of typographic fonts for both the development of families and formats, OpenType features and screen fonts.
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- Edition and course
570 euros (10% discount for former students)
3 February to 6 March 2017
Monday and Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm
Minimum 10 and maximum 25
- Course location
EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona, UAB
- Teaching Staff
This training is aimed at all those with some knowledge of typography, font design and font development who wish to study this area in more depth. In particular, at students who have previously completed higher education courses or master's degrees specialising in typography or graphic design, and especially those who are taking (or have taken) the EINA Master's Degree in Advanced Typography (which can be taken at the same time).
IMPORTANT: Those wishing to access the course must provide an initial font project or font family. Students and former students of the Master's Degree in Advanced Typography can use the one from Letter Architecture. Those without the necessary knowledge should first take the Letter Design Course.
To entry to EINA’s masters or postgraduate courses, you need to pass a selection process and to have the academic and administrative requirements. To apply send us your CV and portfolio through the online application form. Learn more about application process, academic requirements and other relevant data at Access.
Planning the font family (16 hours)
Eduardo Manso and Íñigo Jerez
Using an existing alphabet project, without considering whether it has all the characters (a requirement for accessing this course), this course looks at how the weights in a font family grow and how they are organised. The regular-italic relationship and organised thicknesses. The family project, criteria and tools (modulation, interpolation systems). This is a design course but also has technical criteria. It can be worked on as a project and use the master's degree material or material contributed by students.
Standard character sets and writing systems (6 hours)
Pilar Cano, Ferran Milan
The objective is to determine the limits of the Latin alphabet, the groups in which glyphs are are organised according to the most common Unicode standard tables, and to provide an introduction to the possibilities and problems of writing systems in general. There is a theoretical part that will provide the tools for considering the design of types of writing systems unknown to the participants, and they will be asked to incorporate the design of a writing system other than Latin as a practical task in the project.
Production tools (12 hours)
Joan Carles Casasín
Font editing, interpolation, kerning, production, scripts, extensions, specific features of OpenType, generation and testing tools with editing software for alternative fonts to those used conventionally. Introduction to specific tools covering the process from drawing and final generation of the font with professional quality.
Type per screen (6 hours)
Introduction to automatic and manual hinting. Generation of webfonts and other formats.
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For more information on administrative procedures for applying for a place, qualification requirements, information on grants or visa procedures, please consult General postgraduate information.